Beans may be Pinto, navy, great northern White, etc.
Pick over Beans to remove rocks and bad Beans. Wash and place in large pot with Sugar and enough cold Water to cover*. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer or 3 hours or until tender. Add additional Water during cooking as necessary*. Slice sausage and Onion, dice Garlic and Peppers (adjust number of Peppers to suit preference). Add all remaining ingredients and cook Beans for at least 1 more hour, stirring occasionally and dding Water as needed*. Add Salt if required.
To begin, Water should be at least twice as deep as Beans. After beans have swollen, always keep just covered with liquid to prevent burning. If Beans should accidentally burn, DO NOT STIR. Pour off into another pot, being careful not to get burned particles and continue cooking.